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    Swing arm refurbishment

    Hi folks

    How easy is it to remove the front swing arm bearings?

    My arm is very shabby and I want to get it anodised? Has anyone had theirs re anodised...

    Cheers

    #2
    It isn't anodized to begin with. And you do need a special tool to remove the nut.
    Brian - Richland, WA
    1991 Hawk GT
    1997 VFR

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      #3
      Hi that's welcome news on the cost front. What is the original finish? Is it just paint?

      I can buy the correct peg socket, I'll run to whatever is needed.

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        #4
        You need one of these:
        https://www.hordpower.com/index.php?...1jph5nvmastjm0

        And I believe the finish is paint with a clear coat.
        Brian - Richland, WA
        1991 Hawk GT
        1997 VFR

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          #5
          https://www.hordpower.com/index.php?...1jph5nvmastjm0
          Brian - Richland, WA
          1991 Hawk GT
          1997 VFR

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            #6
            Thanks, that's much appreciated I'll have a look in my toolbox as I think I might have one like that from a CBX I had built.

            In the FSM I have it says you have to press the bearings out, is there a way without the press, like using a bolt and spacer to draw them out.

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              #7
              Before you take it all apart, you might try:
              1) Scrubbing with some Bon Ami powder (a gentle cleaner which will not scratch) and a bristle brush. You could be surprised.
              2) If the original clear epoxy is worn through or damaged, working with a Red 3M Scotchbrite pad will give you a nice brushed aluminum finish.

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                #8
                I've been able to bring most of them back with my favorite cleaning formula. Gas.

                A cup of gas and a brush. Maybe some brake clean to spread off the gas sludge. You can get at the majority of it with it on. But I appreciate you being willing to go all the way with it. Remember besides the paint check/do the bearings while it's out.
                Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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                  #9
                  Thanks folks, the bike is partly stripped now and there were no siezed bolts engine mounts or swing arm so all good there. I'll post back as I make some progress. Just now I'm back to the Suzuki triple

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                    #10
                    Cast items like the swingarm won't anodize fwiw. if you want them colored you would have to paint, powder coat, or similar methods.
                    88 Blue Hawk GT - Under construction but rideable (guest approved)
                    89 BlackHawk 2.0 - On the lift and being assembled
                    90 Hawk GT (color as to yet be determined) - Still on the shelf in crates

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                      #11
                      Thanks for the information. My arm has surface corrosion below the lower shock mount and at the back. I have a.choice either to get it really bright and degreased and clear coat or to etch prime paint and lacquer. I'm leaning towards the latter as I have a nice bright silver cellulose with a metallic component

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                        #12
                        I say degrease it, clean with scotchbrite, rinse it, the out it back together and ride. It’s going to be mostly hidden anyways. The only reason tos pend a lot of time on surface prep is if you are going to paint or coat somehow.
                        88 Blue Hawk GT - Under construction but rideable (guest approved)
                        89 BlackHawk 2.0 - On the lift and being assembled
                        90 Hawk GT (color as to yet be determined) - Still on the shelf in crates

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